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Monday, October 29, 2012






November 2 is Field Day
First Grade's time is 8:15 to 9:45
Our team color is white.  Go Vazao's Vikings!!!



Students will need a sack lunch or they can purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria.

If you are interested in volunteering to help monitor our class  please email me ASAP at ana.vazao@springbranchisd.com .  Currently, I have one volunteer but would like more.  The more the merrier! 


This Friday, we will have our first mystery reader visit.  


November 1
Best Dressed Turkeys are due!
Remember to dress your turkey so that no one will be able to figure out that it is the Thanksgiving dinner turkey.

Thanksgiving Projects
Friday your child will have a sheet with directions for projects to complete and share. Each child only picks 1 project to complete and share with the class by November 15th.




Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Below is a list of activities/ suggestions for the week:


Please encourage your child to participate in the dress up theme day activities for Red Ribbon Week.  Daily prize drawings for children wearing their red ribbon.  Ribbons and safety pins provided on Monday, Oct 22. 

Monday, Oct 22:  Be the Captain of Your Ship:  All Deck Crew at HCE commits to being drug-free (alcohol, tobacco, and drugs) by accepting and signing the pledge card at school and home with a parent.  Wear RED to celebrate red ribbon week. 

Tuesday, Oct 23:  Bon Voyage:  Move Across Life and Put Drugs to Sea!  Wear crazy socks or shoes.
Wednesday, Oct 24:  Steer Clear of Drugs, "Clutch" on to Education!  Wear your favorite Sports Team Shirt and Enjoy a PEP RALLY from Houston Rocket's Mascot Clutch!
Thursday, Oct 25:  Torpedo Drugs!  Join the fight against drugs and Wear CAMO!

Friday, Oct 26:  Make Headway:  Wear a hat or fun hair accessories to school!  Navigate through life with a clear head, honoring your commitment keep off drugs.

This week is our conferences.  You child will be dismissed at Noon.  If you have a  change in transportation, PLEASE email me before 8:00 am.  I do not always have an opportunity to check email during the day.  To be on the safe side , I encourage all to email the front office as well.  Looking forward to speaking with each of you.  Thanks

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Good Morning,

This week we will begin our study of land forms.  Your child will be creating a flip book to share their learning with you soon.

Just a reminder fall conferences are soon approaching.  Please sign up if you have not done so. Thanks.  Looking forward to speaking with each of you.



In reading we will begin learning about the cognitive reading strategy of mental images: creating pictures in our minds as we read.  Reading is an active thinking process .  During read aloud time,we will begin reading chapter books and picture books ( without the pictures)  in order to create those images in our minds.

Retakes for pictures is Oct. 17, 2012


Your children last week were authors. They created their own version of the classic The Billy Goats Gruff.  Pictures will be posted soon!  I would like to encourage independent writers that spell words on their own.  Some of the writing will be "invented" but that is a productive stage for writers this time of year.  In the classroom, I encourage your children to do four things when they get stuck on a word:


  1. Say it
  2. Clap it
  3. Stretch it
  4. Write it
Your child also has a mini dictionary of words and is able to utilize our word wall as a resource.


In science we will study the effects on heat on matter.  We will perform a neat experiment with ice.

In math, we will continue working on part-part-whole in addition and subtraction by finding the missing part.

We encourage you to please wear pink on Friday. Ana


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend.  Just a few reminders this week: 

If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so this week.  

Pictures orders are due Today!!!

The new spelling sort should be in your child's green folder.  Please sort the words with your child. These sorts DO NOT have to be turned in but should be used to manipulate at home as they prepare for our test on Friday.   They completed the sort today in class.

Poetry folders were sent home today.  Please listen to your child's reading and return them dated with a comment .  

This week we will continue working on text to text and text to self connections with fairy tales.  We will compare and contrast different  versions.

If you would like to order books on line through scholastic please click on link below:

 https://orders.scholastic.com/KXC9R

There are some great titles to motivate your children :)

Thanks again for all you do to support your children at home.  

Ana